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The Resource Americanized : rebel without a green card, Sara Saedi

Americanized : rebel without a green card, Sara Saedi

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Americanized : rebel without a green card
Title
Americanized
Title remainder
rebel without a green card
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Sara Saedi
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Language
eng
Summary
"At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear."--Jacket flap
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School Library Journal Best Books, 2018.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up—Readers will laugh, cry, and empathize with Saedi's adolescent journey as an undocumented Iranian immigrant living in the United States. Her memoir recounts the discovery of her undcoumented status as a teen and the naturalization process in her early adulthood. Saedi paints a clear picture of the financial hurdles her family faced as they rebuilt a life in a new country, the legal implications of not having a Social Security number, and the sharp contrast between her mother's teenage years and her own. Readers will laugh at the author's honest portrayals of awkward high school experiences and understand the anxiety that comes with the constant fear of deportation. The memoir tackles complex topics of immigration, sex, alcohol, cultural stereotypes, and what it means to navigate life between two cultures. Filled with pop culture references, journal excerpts, photographs, and relatable coming-of-age content, this book will keep readers fully entertained while pushing them to deeper cultural understandings. VERDICT A must-purchase for memoir collections.—Monica Cabarcas, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA --Monica Cabarcas (Reviewed 02/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 2, p124)
  • Given the uncertain fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which attempts to help protect undocumented young people from deportation, Saedi’s memoir about being an all-American teenager, bicultural child of Iranian immigrants, and unwitting “illegal alien” could hardly be timelier. Saedi (Never Ever) doesn’t pull any punches about the extra-legal role the U.S. played in toppling one Iranian leader and supporting another, or about the governmental snafus that kept her, her sister, and their parents without legal standing for so long. She documents her generally happy California life, with typical teen issues (unrequited love, bad skin) sharing space with the fear of deportation. Saedi explains Persian culture and debunks some stereotypes in FAQ sections, but also overworks irreverent language (the Iran-Contra scandal is described as the “vanilla ice cream on the poop pie”). Although she provides a candid, firsthand perspective on people who are cultural insiders but legal outsiders, it can feel as though an essay’s worth of material has been extended to book length by diary entries and discussions of pop culture. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jess Regel, Foundry Literary + Media. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/20/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 47, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Saedi recounts her teen years growing up and coming of age in 1990s California while fearing deportation for herself and her undocumented family. Born in Iran, Saedi came to the United States at 2 with her secular family as "illegal aliens" fleeing the Iraq-Iran War. In Chapter 1 and with humor, candor, and accessibility, she breaks down historical and geopolitical facts about Iran and her family's reason for leaving their home; in doing so, she debunks myths about Iran, its people, and Tehran—a city that looked less like Agrabah than New York City. Facing topics such as religion and tensions in the Middle East, handled with delicacy, Saedi asserts a fearless voice for Gen Xers and millennials. Saedi wields satire and hyperbole as she balances compelling points about world leaders and politicians with nostalgic references to Nancy Reagan's "Just say no to drugs" campaign, celebrities, and music icons. Iranian women and families are depicted in all ways: religious, secular, strict, trusting, educated, independent, passionate, traditional, nontraditional. Zits, teenage angst, boy drama, drugs, alcohol, and sex are handled with humanity. No topic is off limits it seems, as she takes on illegal immigration protocols that bleed into today's turbulent times, with mentions of DACA and the "Muslim ban." Interspersed throughout are photographs, FAQs, and excerpts from the author's diary from her teen years. With gumption, Saedi draws from her American-ness and Iranian-ness for a successful depiction of immigrant life in the U.S.: a must-read. (Memoir. 14-18) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2017)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10622467
Cataloging source
DLC
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Saedi, Sara
Dewey number
305.89155
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
E184.I5
LC item number
S23 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Saedi, Sara
  • Iranian Americans
  • Immigrants
  • Illegal aliens
  • Families
  • Family life
  • Immigrants
  • Illegal aliens
  • California
  • JUVENILE FICTION
Target audience
adolescent
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rebel without a green card
Label
Americanized : rebel without a green card, Sara Saedi
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn989862496
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9781524717797
Lccn
2016057751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)989862496
Label
Americanized : rebel without a green card, Sara Saedi
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn989862496
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9781524717797
Lccn
2016057751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)989862496

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